March was an interesting month on the fitness front. I ran my goal half marathon that I spent ten weeks training for. My initial plan was to take a bit of a running break after Rock ‘n’ Roll DC and to focus more of my time and energy on cross and strength training, but after a disappointing race I decided instead to register for a redemption race in April. That decision caused me to have to slightly shift my goals mid-month.
1. Log at least 90 miles.
My current mileage total for March is 84.3 miles (94% of my goal). I’m hoping to make it to the gym this afternoon for cross and weight training, but I’m also realistic in knowing that I won’t log another 5.7 miles today. That’s okay. I’m proud of what I did accomplish in March, especially given the number of times that little man got sick, and the fact that we also had a whirlwind trip to Illinois last weekend.
My current 2017 mileage total sits at 239.7 miles, which puts me at 24% of the way toward meeting my yearly goal of 1,000 miles. I am not at all worried about meeting this goal, especially since I have yet to start marathon training.
2. PR at at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC.
We all know that this goal didn’t happen. There were factors, mainly the weather, that were beyond my control. I wouldn’t say that I 100% failed at meeting this goal, since I did put forth my best effort at the race, and that’s all that I can ask of myself.
3. Focus on cross and strength training.
Even though I shifted my focus mid-month, I didn’t do nearly enough cross and strength training in March. I need to be more focused and diligent about this in order to prevent injury, especially as I get closer to starting marathon training in June.
Just as March was a busy month, April will be another busy one. But as always, I’m setting goals to help keep me focused and on track.
1. Log at least 95 miles.
Even though I didn’t reach my March mileage goal, I want to slightly up the ante next month and try to push myself a little further. If I can reach this goal, then April will be my highest mileage month ever.
2. PR at the Loudoun Half Marathon.
Since I didn’t reach my PR goal at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, I’m extra determined to get a new PR at this month’s half marathon.
3. Strength train at least two times per week.
I need to be better about doing my strength training in order to prevent injury. I think that part of why I struggled with this goal last month was because I didn’t have a specific numeric goal to focus on reaching each week.
4. Cross train at least one time per week.
Same with the strength training goal, I think that I struggled with cross training last month for a similar reason, I didn’t have a specific target to reach for each week.
5. Keep up with my training while on vacation.
We will be headed to Florida for a week, spending half of the week at the beach and the other half of the week at Disney. I need to keep on top of my training while we’re away, especially if I’m determined to PR at the Loudon Half Marathon.
QOTD: What are your goals for April?